After THREE long years, the originators of ‘Oz Blues’ (now considered the Grandfathers of Oz Blues), Chain, are coming back to MEMO in 2023 to celebrate their 55th Anniversary! As well as their hits and favourite Chain material, they will also be performing some material that hasn’t been heard for years!
As the only blues band to have a number one on Australian charts (Black’n’Blue) as well as a number two (Judgement), they also have the distinction of having possibly the longest permanently released album in Australian rock history.
‘Toward the Blues’ has been released since 1971 and has attained double gold album status.
Although ‘I Remember When I Was Young’ was released as a Matt Taylor single it was Chain who played on it. This also went to number one on the charts.
With ‘Chain Awards’ honouring their achievements at the Australian Blues Festival (Goulburn) & as the first act listed in the new blues section of Screensound (National Archives) the accolades still continue.
Singer/harmonica player Matt Taylor and founder member/guitarist Phil Manning each have highly successful careers as solo performers, and are regarded as among the finest exponents of their respective instruments this country has produced. Along with Dirk Dubois on bass and drummer Trevor ‘Trapper’ Draper the band is in great form powering through a wealth of material drawn from their long history.
Chain’s new material retains the earthiness of the 70’s while including the insights and musicality expected from a lifetime of experience in the blues genre and continue their combination of tradition and innovation that makes the band so special.
Chain LIVE is a great entertainment experience, and with five decades of albums & performances under their belt, it doesn’t get any better than this!